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Beginning Rug Hooking


with Bonnie Lundorff

Calendar Feb 3, 2018 at 12 pm

Beginning Rug Hooking
Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50  Materials: $35

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking. Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use in class along with a 10" hoop.

About the instructor: Bonnie Lundorff owns the Willow Wood Market, a quiltshop and wool studio and has been sharing her love of fiber arts for 20 years. She teaches wool appliqué, quilting, needle felting, and rug making at fiber arts events, her store and throughout the upper Midwest. She designs simple-to-make projects for her students and customers. One of her designs was recently published in a nationally known fiber arts magazine, Wool Works. Bonnie lives in the woods south of Bemidji with her husband Tim and a cranky little 16-year-old dog.

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Pop Up Basket


with Dorothy L. Sand

Calendar Jun 16, 2018 at 9 am

Pop Up Basket
June 16, 2018
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Tuition: $50 Materials: $15

Five fun sizes for all your storage needs!  Pop-Ups collapse for easy storage.  This pattern uses 2 coordinating fabrics and a different construction method than the FQ pop-up.  All raw seams are hidden.  Ties are used to hold the pop-up closed. Spring is included in the materials fee. Bring about 1/2 to 1 yard of two fabrics depending on how big a pop up they would like to make. 

About the Instructor: Dorothy L. Sand  is a a retired ordained Lutheran Pastor. She has been quilting for about 30 years and recently became interested in making purses, bags, baskets as an aside, in-between project to the intense paper piecing patterns by Judy Niemeyer. 

Sewing with Beaver Hides


with Bert Hyde

Calendar Feb 3, 2018 at 9 am

Sewing with Beaver Hides - Choice of Project
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $85

This class is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats and gaiters are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert can attest to. You will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide and choose whether to make a hat, mittens or gators. You will receive instructions for adding the liner, where needed, at home using glue and hand stitching. Students should bring the material of their choice for the liner.

About the instructor: Bert Hyde is an experienced woodsman, do-it-yourselfer and folk school instructor.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $57.50

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Wool Needle Felting


with Val Wagner

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 10 am

Wool Needle Felting
February 4, 2018
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $10

Needle Felting is a fascinating craft that allows you to create picture or three-dimensional objects using a needle and wool roving. THe special needle with sharp barbs agitates the wool to felt it and integrate it with the background piece of wool. We will be making a simple Nordic snowflake. You can use felting to embellish clothing, pillows, wall hangings and create all kinds of interesting three- dimensional sculptures.

About the Instructor: Bob and Val Wagner are career teachers and have taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes here. Bob has also been a park naturalist and chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited

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